This is an installer package for
the game Black Dahlia (1998) which will allow it to be played on
modern versions of Windows, with easy to use desktop and/or start
menu shortcuts and an uninstall option for quick removal. The manual
is also included. It uses DOSBox Daum running Windows 95.
A special shader has also been
included which fixes the interlaced (black lines) FMVs in the game,
and tweaked slightly for brightness.
Controller support is included
via Antimicro (can be disabled or configured via the launcher), with
joystick to emulated mouse input as well as a couple additional
mappings (based on a 360/XB1 controller):
Stick = Mouse movement Right
Trigger = Left Click Left
Trigger = Right Click RB
= Toggle look mode on right stick (normally requires holding down
left click/right trigger) Dpad
= Arrow keys Start = ESC
Hold left mouse button to look
ASuite is a lightweight,
open-source, portable launcher which is included to allow you to
start the game, choose some configuration options, and access the
manual and this readme.
I do not recommendinstalling into your Program Files folder. This can cause write
access problems when you need to save your game. C:\Games\Zomb's
Lair\Black Dahlia is the default path, but anywhere other than
Program Files/Program Files (x86) is fine.
Subtitles can be enabled or
disabled via shortcuts on the virtual desktop if so desired.
Reshade is included (disabled by
default) and can be enabled through the launcher. It should be noted,
however, that it has to re-compile the shaders whenever changing
resolution, so this will happen a couple times between the time
DOSBox is started and the game starts – once it's running it's fine
though. That said, that aspect makes it not exactly ideal, so
consider it experimental.
When you're ready to quit the
game, exit the game normally via the menu, then shut down the
computer via the start menu. You'll then be prompted to press Ctrl+F9
to exit. Do not press Ctrl+F9 before this otherwise you'll
risk losing data and it will run a scandisk operation the next time
the game is started - just like a modern PC, this is like pulling the
power vs shutting down properly.
Zomb's Lair is a passion project
dedicated to bringing old classics to a modern audience, while
eliminating all of the hurdles that that normally entails.